The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in connection with a wedding reception in Maine has risen to five, with the number of cases associated with the event up to over 175.
The most recent death was reported at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center in Madison, where three previous deaths were also considered linked to the Aug. 7 reception.
About 65 people attended the reception at the Big Moose Inn Cabins and Campground in Millinocket, about 70 miles north of Bangor.
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Someone who answered the phone Tuesday at the Big Moose Inn said they did not comment.
None of the five dead people attended the wedding or reception.
But among those who attended the event was an employee of York County Jail, where 72 cases have been linked to the collection, health officials have said.
Maine health officials have also said the wedding and reception are linked to the spread of the virus at a Madison Rehabilitation Center.
And the state is investigating whether an outbreak at Calvary Baptist Church, whose pastor is officiating at the wedding, is linked to the event. The church is bound to at least 10 cases.
In a statement Tuesday, the church said a number of its members attended the wedding reception and that it defended its right to continue holding worship services.
Calvary Baptist Church has a legal right to meet. The authority of a local Christian church, a Jewish synagogue or a Muslim mosque to gather for their respective religious services has been a well-known part of our nation’s history since its inception, ”the statement said. “These religious activities are also fully protected during the first amendment of our US Constitution.
The number of cases stemming from the wedding has steadily grown.
In August, health officials said they had identified 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus after attending the event. Another six people who had close contact with these participants also tested positive, according to a state press release on August 17th.
In the first week of September, nearly 150 cases and three deaths were linked to the event.
State health officials did not immediately release details of the fifth death. The Maplecrest Rehabilitation Center did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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